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Products > Bambusa ventricosa
Bambusa ventricosa - Buddha's Belly Bamboo
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bamboo
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae) (Grasses)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: Clumping
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Bambusa ventricosa (Buddha's Belly Bamboo) - A clumping bamboo that grows to 12 and 15 feet tall with swollen nodes and bent culms that are bare near the base to expose the stems with a rounded belly look, in a way resembling the form of Buddha. Ultimate height depends on soil quality and irrigation practices. In poor, dry soil or otherwise confined conditions it will stay smaller, reaching only to around 6 feet tall. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate occasionally. Has proven harden in our area to short duration temperatures down to 20-25 F. It is an interesting specimen bamboo used as an individual specimen for a focal point in the garden. Bambusa ventricosa is native to Vietnam and to Guangdong province in southern China. We previously grew a form of Bambusa ventricosa that reached to 30 feet tall and had straighter culms that arched outward and this form is now often referred to as the Giant Form but the form we now offer is shorter with more distinctly bulging culms and is sometimes called Dwarf Buddha Belly Bamboo, Wamin Bamboo or Vulgaris Bamboo.  The information about Bambusa ventricosa displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.